Delicata Squash & Coconut Rice Buddha Bowl
Basically, my dream post-gym dinner.
You know what is weird? I spent a good percentage of my life thinking I did not like coconut.
I don’t know if that was because of some badly-done artificial flavor I encountered somewhere, or just some badly cooked coconut. I do know that I still don’t like artificial coconut scents – they actually give me a massive headache. Who knows what puts these prejudices in our heads when we are young — my policy now is that if the food is not moving, I have to at least try a bite!
And I do eat coconut now. In fact, I adore it. I would eat it for any meal, any time of day. You know how Salt and Straw has that Petunia’s Bars and Sea Salt Caramel flavor? It’s their vegan coconut ice cream, and it’s the best ice cream they make, in my opinion.
Also, I may have mentioned that I enjoy a good tiki drink now and then. Many of those incorporate coconut. And I will eat an entire pan of chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons alone, if nobody stops me.
But it’s savory foods which I think are my very favorite way to use coconut. I always have a can of coconut milk in the cupboard, and cream of coconut, too (because, tiki). The aroma is absolutely intoxicating. And it pairs great with some of my favorite proteins, like fish, tofu and chicken.
This one-pot weeknight dish is one of my recent favorites. We made some rice to go with, so I guess it’s not TECHNICALLY one pot, but if you have some leftover rice or frozen cauliflower rice, it can be! You can use either coconut milk for a more savory version or cream of coconut for a sweeter version. Just use coconut milk to make this dish paleo and low carb.